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Steller Web Spinning Mystery

A mystery in Alaska, "Where are all of the Steller seals going" and how clues found through observation and experimentation lead to the ultimate solution of this question. Video exploration of what is happening to the Steller seals of Alaska.


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Spineless – YES...Helpless – NO!

The oceans are filled with many unusual invertebrates. This lesson will explore these organisms and the means by which they survive in and adapt to their watery environment.


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Diamonds Are Forever – Most of the Time!

This lesson looks at the compositions and structure of diamonds and basic mineral structures formed by the bonds in the crystal structures created by nature. The students have an extensive hands-on lab experience with crystal growth from two very different processes, all recorded on video for later analysis. They also use the internet for a short introductory lesson to crystal systems and use the Nature Video “Diamonds” to tie their knowledge back to real life.


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So You Think the World Evolves Around You?

Using video and Internet resources, students will be able to gain a clearer understanding of evolution by examining its effects as evidenced in amazing adaptations and unusual biodiversity in some of the most remote areas of this world.


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Animals and Humans Say the Darnest Things

By using the video NATURE "Wisdom of the Wild" and Internet resources, students will learn the behavioral and molecular similarities between humans and animals. Students will examine the amino acid sequences of various animals and view the methods animals use to communicate with humans.


Cowabunga! Some Cool Wave Theories

In this lesson, students will gain a greater understanding of the different types of ocean waves, how they are created, and whether they can experience them in their local environment. Through the NATURE episode "Condition Black" and an interactive Web site, they will learn about the parts of a wave and how energy is transferred from the wind to the water. As a culminating activity, students will generate their own waves during a hands-on experiment and create a fun video.


This Place is Going to the Dogs

This lesson is all about dogs. Students will learn about different breeds of dogs and how they are categorized according to their adaptations. Using the NATURE episode "Extraordinary Dogs" and various web sites, students will research a variety of breeds and discover some of the unique qualities of these dogs. Students can then create a video sharing the extraordinary qualities of their dogs.


Too Hot? Gotta Vent!

Using the NATURE video "Dive to the Abyss" and Internet resources, students will learn about deep sea exploration and underwater geology, specifically hydrothermal sea vents. In addition, students will create digital video projects of their own to demonstrate their knowledge, illustrating the discoveries of the explorers of the ocean’s abyss.


Rx Rainforest: The Primate Prescription

Using the video, NATURE: Wisdom of the World, and Internet resources, students will learn about the pharmacological potential of the rainforest and the role that both man and chimpanzee play in discovering new cures. In addition students will utilize video to present their knowledge and explore the role various stakeholders have in the medicinal value of the rainforest.


The Trial of the Bloody Suckers

NATURE: Bloody Suckers investigates the organisms that live off the blood of others. Some of the organisms are painted as being dangerous and harmful. Others are painted as being beneficial. This presents a quandary for students to explore: Are bloody suckers friend or foe? Applying a problem-based approach, students use what they learn from the program and Web-based research to explore this question and to stage a trial.


Ambush Warriors

Snakes are the most modern reptiles, first appearing in the fossil record during the time of the dinosaurs. It is believed that they evolved from lizards and that they exploited the survival advantages to be found in a cylindrical, legless body. In this lesson, students will learn about the various adaptations that snakes have made over the years using NATURE: Snakes-Deadly Companions.


Deep Freeze

This lesson is designed to take advantage of the winter temperatures while studying the environment of both land and water during a seemingly "lifeless" time. By looking at video from NATURE: Under Antarctic Ice at various points in the lesson, students will be introduced to and demonstrate such physical science concepts as freezing point depression, temperature continuum, and sampling processes.


From Molecules to Mole Day Do's: Mole Day Activities for Teachers to Do with Families

Observed from 6:02 am to 6:02 p.m. on October 23rd, Mole Day is a "national" celebration of chemistry and education that is an ideal time to engage families with the science educational process. Through the activities presented in this lesson, students will become familiar with the mole concept and develop memory pathways for recalling key ideas associated with this magnanimous quantity.


Cough...Cough...Yeah, I Smoke!

Each day approximately 6,000 young people try a cigarette for the first time, and 3,000 of them become daily smokers. Through the activities presented in this lesson, students will become familiar with the adverse health affects caused by cigarette smoking, nicotine addiction, and how when combined, they may eventually lead to other risky behaviors.


The "Seedier" Side of Plants

Seeds are the beginning of life for all plants. The never-ending challenge plants face is moving their seeds to a suitable germination site. Through the Internet and video activities presented in this lesson, students will become familiar with the parts of the plant and methods of seed dispersal.


Who's Coming to Dinner?

Who's coming to dinner in your environmental neighborhood? Who will be the predator and who will be the prey? The often precarious balance in the food chain is affected by human intervention in both positive and negative ways. Using video and interactive Internet resources, students will explore examples of environmental balance in surprising places, even in their own city.


Hide in Plain Sight Camouflage:
How Animals Blend into Their Surroundings

What do turtles, lions and stick insects have in common? More than you might think! They all make use of camouflage. Students will view video clips and use the Internet to look for hidden animals. They will then use the Internet to print out animal shapes which they will color and try to hide in environments they will create using construction paper.


South of the Border Down Brooklyn Way: Behavior of Feral Monk Parakeets

Whoever might have said, "Brooklyn is for the birds..." couldn't have been more accurate! Students will view clips from a Wild TV segment about feral monk parakeets living in Brooklyn. Teams will use the Internet to research monk parakeet behavior, share their findings as a jigsaw and reflect on what they have learned.


Extra! Extra! Get Your Used Paper Here!

Before the invention of paper, various cultures used many different materials as media to record written information. Today, our paper comes from trees. All living things depend on trees, and yet people are destroying them at an alarming rate. How can we help protect our great source of oxygen, diverse source of food and shelter products?



The Ladder of Life

In this lesson and its extensions, students will learn practical applications of DNA profiling and the role it plays in today's forensic science. DNA extraction is a fundamental concept in the field of forensics and biotechnology. Students should have previous knowledge of the contents in DNA and RNA. Through video and Web-based activities, the students will develop a greater understanding of what DNA does in a cell. Students will be able to assemble DNA parts in order to simulate DNA strands. They will also have the opportunity to experimentally view DNA through an extraction technique included in the lesson.



Pika Chew: Camouflage

This lesson uses the Internet to explore the behavior and ecology of pikas. The students will work as teams as they collect, organize, graph and analyze the survival rates of pikas in various habitats. The lesson will close with students brainstorming extension activities.



Scrubbing Bubbles: Tremendous Tryglycerides

In this lesson, the students will use the Internet to select, examine and evaluate various soaps. Each group will be able to determine the following characteristics: the pH, the percentage of solids, the flash formation, the foam retention, the relative viscosity, the dispersion of contaminants, and the cost of each soap per 5ml. All of the information acquired in the testing phase of this lesson will allow students to make an informed scientific decision as to which brand of soap is truly best for them to use.



You've Got to Be Cool to Make Igneous Rocks

Through selected Web sites and video, students will learn the relationship between the rate of cooling and the formation of igneous rocks. In order to prove that the rate of cooling does affect the size of crystals, the students will develop their own controlled experiment. Students will then classify several igneous rocks based on the information they learned. Students should have familiarity with the rock cycle and the three types of rocks before you begin the lesson.


Battlefield Earth

In this lesson, students will explore how humans interact with the environment around them to support them both physically as well as financially. Through the use of video segments and the Internet, students will research the complications and environmental impact of introducing a non-native species into an ecosystem. Students will research regions of the world that have been damaged due to the introduction of non-native species, and create digitized posters that highlight their particular area of research.


Change or Adaptation:

Students will learn about the role adaptation plays in life by observing its nature in botany and ornithology.


Gravity: It's GREEEAAATTT!

Through this lesson, students will learn that gravity is a universal force of attraction between two objects, and that gravity is a force found throughout the galaxy.


Hi, Deer!
Estimating the Size of the Florida Key Deer Population by Census Simulation

Students will be engaged by a video clip showing the Florida Key Deer and how they are threatened. Students will then carry out Internet research to discover more about the deer. They will apply animal census techniques in a simulation using beans designed to show the difficulties biologists face in determining the size of a population. The activity will close with a discussion of how the deer can be helped to survive.


I'm Late, I'm Late, for a Radioactive Date!
Using Radioactive Decay and Primary Sources to Date the Shroud of Turin

This lesson can be used as an introduction to radioactivity.



This is an interactive Internet lesson in which students examine the nature of infrared light and its applications. This lesson utilizes reading, writing, and mathematical skills in an interdisciplinary format.


See Spot Run

This lesson will explore the concept of color as a complex mixture. It will also explore the unique properties of water that make it a good "mix separator" using hands-on techniques like paper chromatography and virtual science.


'Tis a Long, Long Way to Tipperary!

This lesson, supported by hands-on activities, video, and Internet connections will examine our reliance on latitude and longitude, not only to give us our location on maps, but our connection to time and time zones.



African American Scientists

Many African Americans have contributed important discoveries and missions to the world of science. In this lesson, students study about several of these important scientists and explore their lives. In a writing exercise, students recreate one scientist's experiences through a journal entry.



Ah Choo!

Students use the Internet to find and compare illnesses that they have had or that they have heard about in the media. Students explore the mechanisms behind catching and transmitting bacterial and viral diseases.



AIDS, HIV, & Other Microbe Matters

Students conduct inquiry-based research for basic information about microbes, infections, and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. They then publish what they have learned on a class Web site or magazine.



Alcohol Addiction and Its Effect on the Body

Using resources from Thirteen Online's Web companion piece to MOYERS ON ADDICTION: CLOSE TO HOME, students will conduct research on alcohol addiction and its effect on the liver. The goal of the lesson is to create a classroom environment where students may discuss how alcohol affects individuals, their bodies, and their behavior.



Cool! Awsome! What is it?

This lesson uses mysterious online images to help develop students' deduction skills and inspire their curiosity.



The Dynamic Earth

Students are introduced to the nature of earthquakes and volcanoes. Students learn about the effects of earthquakes from eyewitnesses to the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. They learn about how earthquake intensity is measured, where earthquakes occur (by studying real-time data), and what global patterns exist. Students will then compare earthquake patterns to volcano patterns.



Evolution: Its Effect Throughout Geological Time and the Controversy

Students review the basics of Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution. They use the World Wide Web to explore the various stages of evolution, over geological time, and learn how each organism fits into the evolutionary story.



Genes at Work

Using online resources from the INNOVATION Web piece on Thirteen Online, students investigate how dominant traits, genes, and DNA determine the physical characteristics of a subject. Students chart the traits of two sets of parents and make predictions about the potential genetic makeup of their children. In addition to researching the INNOVATION piece, students explore related sites and test their findings.



Global Warming Statistics

Students research real-time and historic temperature data of U.S. and world locations, and analyze the data using mean, median, and mode. Students graph the data, and draw conclusions by analyzing the data.



The Great Grizzly

Students generate questions about grizzly bears and use the Internet to research the answers. As a culminating activity, students create a life-size mural of a grizzly that is annotated with the information they've learned.



Hello, Young Blubbers!

Using online resources related to the NATURE episode TOOTHWALKERS: GIANTS OF THE ARCTIC ICE, students learn about the walrus, a fascinating Arctic mammal. The lesson encourages students to learn how different physical adaptations enable an animal to thrive in a harsh environment. Specifically, students conduct an experiment looking at how the walrus's blubber and other adaptations allow it to regulate body temperature.



I Am the Walrus

Using online resources related to the NATURE episode TOOTHWALKERS: GIANTS OF THE ARCTIC ICE, students research walruses and write illustrated autobiographical essays from the point of view of a walrus. The final illustrated essays can be posted to the Web or exchanged with other students.



It's Rainin', It's Pouring

This lesson introduces the concept of cloud formation and the conditions necessary for precipitation. After a quick look at part of the water cycle, and the combined gas laws, students will conduct a hands-on/minds-on activity demonstrating the combined gas laws. Check it out!


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